The Matthew Tree Project

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by The Matthew Tree Project's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from The Matthew Tree Project is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.thematthewtreeproject.org

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We cannot do it on our own. That is
why we are so encouraged to hear of
the government’s post-Brexit drive to
invest £200 million in health and life
sciences, matched by a further £400
million in private investment.
We feel that we have the power to
revolutionise healthcare in the UK.
We have the expertise. We have the
technology. We have the will. If the
appropriate funding is targeted in
the right places, we can potentially
turn many diseases on their head,
includingepilepsy.
Using genome sequencing to
help understand individual cases
At its Chalfont Centre in
Buckinghamshire, Epilepsy Society is
employing whole genome sequencing
to understand how genes may
contribute to a person’s epilepsy. It is
using bioinformatics to analyse and
interpret big data to identify genetic
patterns that may be significant in
pinpointing why SUDEP happens and
how it may be prevented in the future.
Researchers at the Epilepsy Society
Brain and Tissue Bank are examining
brain tissue of people who have died
of SUDEP and comparing it with tissue
samples from those with epilepsy who
have died but who did not succumb
toSUDEP.
An exciting new platform
“Nanostring” means that the DNA
and RNA of more brain tissue samples
can be analysed, helping to enrich
knowledge and guide research.
Ley Sander is medical director at
Epilepsy Society and professor of
neurology at UCL. He explains:
“Our scientists use sophisticated
neuroimaging techniques to look
deeper into the brain to gain a greater
understanding of its structures.
Advancing technology around
brain surgery brings real hope that
more people whose seizures do not
respond to medication might have
the opportunity of undergoing life-
changing epilepsy surgery.”
Where the human eye is unable to
detect abnormalities on brain scans,
we are using artificial intelligence to
teach computers to pinpoint significant
changes. But it is a race against time
and every life lost increases theurgency.
We believe that this was an amazing
thing for a young woman to do. We
are very grateful for the knowledge
that this is helping us to accrue and
the lives that might ultimately be saved
by Amelia’s selfless donation. Amelia’s
family should feel very proud.
I hope that others will support Amelia’s
family – and the 1,000 people with
epilepsy in every constituency – by
contacting the Epilepsy Society. We
need all the help we can get.
Where the
human eye is
unable to detect
abnormalities on
brain scans, we
are using
artificial
intelligence to
teach computers
to pinpoint
significant
changes
Before her untimely death, Amelia Roberts had quietly arranged to
donate her brain for research after her death. Hamish Roberts said of
this:
“It was Amelia’s wish that her brain would be used to help scientists
discover more about the causes of epilepsy and how seizures can be
better treated.
“We cannot bring Amelia back but we will do everything we can to
raise awareness of the risks of SUDEP among other families affected
by epilepsy, and to support the vital research being carried out at
Epilepsy Society to identify those at greatest risk, and ultimately to
minimise or eradicate that risk.”
Sequencing DNA is
helping researchers
at Epilepsy Society to
understand more about
the genetic contribution
to epilepsy
17THE MATTHEW TREE PROJECT |
HEALTH & SOCIALWORK
Chief Executive Officer and
Founder Mark Goodway
A charity helping people hit by crisis to
rebuild a healthier, happier, better future
The Matthew Tree Project is a registered charity with a
vision: empowering and supporting the people who have
fallen into crisis. From their Bristol headquarters, the
charity aims to create a sense of community, helping those
in crisis to feel safe, understood and supported. CEO Mark
Goodway tells
The Parliamentary Review
that he and his team
believe everyone has the capability to be remarkable and
excel in something; it is this philosophy that underpins their
REBUILDING LIVES programme.
There is a 9.3-year gap in life expectancy between those living in the poorest and
those in the wealthiest wards in the UK. Poverty
is
a matter of life and death. We
believe that, in the fifth-wealthiest country in the world, poverty should not be an
inevitability to be accepted. With the right approach it could be eradicated, once
and for all. This became our mission when The Matthew Tree Project was founded
as a registered charity in 2010.
We have a vision of a Britain where people are no longer struggling to survive.
We believe that disengaged and deprived communities can be a thing of the past
and can become fully integrated contributors and beneficiaries in the UK’s wealth
andprosperity.
REBUILDING LIVES programme
Bristol, with well-recognised social problems typical of all UK regions, was chosen
as a representative city to commission REBUILDING LIVES in the UK. A timescale
FACTS ABOUT
THE MATTHEW TREE PROJECT
»Chief Executive Officer and
Founder: Mark Goodway
»Founded in 2010
»Located in Bristol
»Services: Support for
people in crisis to a place of
independence
»No. of employees: 8; 50
volunteers
The Matthew Tree Project
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of ten years was set to make the
programme independent.
Following the commissioning of the
programme, many revisions and a
great deal of experimentation has been
carried out to allow it to thrive, and it
is recognised at the highest levels.
According to the Public Inquiry
into Food Poverty in the UK
Recommendations Report 2014: “The
inquiry was inspired by the evidence it
received from the staff and volunteers
at The Matthew Tree Project in Bristol,
particularly by the love and care they
offer each of the users of their service,
of catering for their immediate needs
for food while at the same time
helping them surmount the often
severe personal difficulties in which
some find themselves. The Matthew
Tree Project builds these services
around the people it serves. It gets to
the heart of people’s problems and
comes up with a long-term plan to get
them to where they need to be.”
RISE
A recent development is RISE, a social
enterprise formed on the back of, and
integrated with, REBUILDING LIVES.
RISE is designed to engage with the
wider community, not just those in
crisis. The scheme has the potential
to provide high levels of skills training
along with job opportunities for the
unemployed and under-employed. It
also positively impacts food security
and climate change in the city.
The Matthew Tree
Project’s food
distribution centre,
temperature-controlled
vans and Mobile
FoodStore
The
REBUILDING
LIVES social
change model
is built on the
fundamental
belief that
people are our
nation’s
greatest asset.
We believe
every
individual has
something to
offer and a
purpose
Given our initial research and subsequent findings, we set about designing
and commissioning a solution to this social issue in our country. In essence, the
solution created ought to have the following attributes:
1. Built on a non-judgmental, trusting, relationship-based foundation
2. Early intervention, aimed at those who are vulnerably housed – preventing
homelessness
3. Fully inclusive – no one, nor any crisis situation, is excluded
4. Pioneering, strategic and city wide
5. Completely designed and driven by the people it seeks to help
6. Totally holistic and empowering
7. Affordable to deliver
8. Completely joined-up support, fully integrated with services provided by others
9. Addresses all the causes as well as all the symptoms of poverty
10. Is able to adapt to provide a uniquely tailored support package in each
individual case and is mindful of each person’s ability to engage with the
help they need
11. Replicable
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of ten years was set to make the
programme independent.
Following the commissioning of the
programme, many revisions and a
great deal of experimentation has been
carried out to allow it to thrive, and it
is recognised at the highest levels.
According to the Public Inquiry
into Food Poverty in the UK
Recommendations Report 2014: “The
inquiry was inspired by the evidence it
received from the staff and volunteers
at The Matthew Tree Project in Bristol,
particularly by the love and care they
offer each of the users of their service,
of catering for their immediate needs
for food while at the same time
helping them surmount the often
severe personal difficulties in which
some find themselves. The Matthew
Tree Project builds these services
around the people it serves. It gets to
the heart of people’s problems and
comes up with a long-term plan to get
them to where they need to be.”
RISE
A recent development is RISE, a social
enterprise formed on the back of, and
integrated with, REBUILDING LIVES.
RISE is designed to engage with the
wider community, not just those in
crisis. The scheme has the potential
to provide high levels of skills training
along with job opportunities for the
unemployed and under-employed. It
also positively impacts food security
and climate change in the city.
The Matthew Tree
Project’s food
distribution centre,
temperature-controlled
vans and Mobile
FoodStore
The
REBUILDING
LIVES social
change model
is built on the
fundamental
belief that
people are our
nation’s
greatest asset.
We believe
every
individual has
something to
offer and a
purpose
Given our initial research and subsequent findings, we set about designing
and commissioning a solution to this social issue in our country. In essence, the
solution created ought to have the following attributes:
1. Built on a non-judgmental, trusting, relationship-based foundation
2. Early intervention, aimed at those who are vulnerably housed – preventing
homelessness
3. Fully inclusive – no one, nor any crisis situation, is excluded
4. Pioneering, strategic and city wide
5. Completely designed and driven by the people it seeks to help
6. Totally holistic and empowering
7. Affordable to deliver
8. Completely joined-up support, fully integrated with services provided by others
9. Addresses all the causes as well as all the symptoms of poverty
10. Is able to adapt to provide a uniquely tailored support package in each
individual case and is mindful of each person’s ability to engage with the
help they need
11. Replicable
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HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK
The accumulation of know-how
– intellectual, human, relational,
structural, process and innovation
capital – is now being made freely
available to the benefit of the whole
country. We are now replicating the
model in other deprived communities
beyond Bristol, beginning with South
Gloucestershire in 2018.
How does “REBUILDING LIVES”
work?
The REBUILDING LIVES social change
model is built on the fundamental
belief that people are our nation’s
greatest asset. We believe every
individual has something to offer and
a purpose. Sometimes, challenging
circumstance – life events, ill health,
lack of opportunity and a wide
range of other individual or societal
issues – leave people in desolate and
desperatesituations.
Our programme is based on helping
people help themselves and changing
lives for the longer-term benefit of
all. We know that through helping
marginalised people help themselves,
we are helping society as a whole. Our
person-centric solutions, delivered with
compassion and empathy, provide a
way forward for individuals, often with
complex and multiple needs where
more fragmented and traditional
solutions will not work.
The support includes: re-skills training,
physical and mental health advice, debt
and budgeting advice, and choice-
based weekly food provisions from
our Mobile FoodStore. The UK’s first
specially adapted Mobile
FoodStore
makes use of food that would otherwise
go to waste. The charity is providing the
food equivalent of approximately 8,000
meals each week, of which 51 per cent
are fresh five-a-day foods as of October
2019. Our model catches people both
before they fall and as they fall, and
helps them back up again, with dignity
and choice.
Continuing to rebuild
The Matthew Tree Project currently
operates three REBUILDING LIVES
Support Centres in Bristol, and one in
South Gloucestershire. Advanced plans
are in place to open a second centre in
South Gloucestershire early this year.
Each week, around 250 people and
families in crisis visit a REBUILDING
LIVES Support Centre of their choosing
to receive weekly grocery supplies
and to discuss their case and what
needs to happen. Throughout the
rest of the week, our expertly trained
and supervised client navigation team
identify the key actions required from
each case and work one to one with
each client.
We also involve our vast array of
strategic partners, to ensure the
necessary steps are taken and the
support needed is available.
Overall, our model gives the hopeless
hope for a healthier, happier and
better future.
Our model
catches
people both
before they
fall and as
they fall, and
helps them
back up again,
with dignity
and choice
A REBUILDING LIVES
client excited to receive
some fresh produce
grown by RISE – without
the use of pesticides or
chemicals

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This article was sponsored by The Matthew Tree Project. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development